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August 9, 2017 7:49 AM
Anti-FGM Activist: Maine Democrats Offering 'Safe Harbor' for Mutilators
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Democrats in the Maine legislature have once again killed an effort to ban the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, known in abbreviated form as FGM.

Last week, Maine Democrats acting under pressure from liberal activists voted against reviving L.D. 745. — a bill that would have criminalized FGM. They struck down a similar measure in June.

“Shockingly, female Democratic legislative leadership consistently voted against this FGM crime bill,” said Elizabeth Yore, head of End FGM Today, in a statement released on Tuesday. “So much for female empowerment and child protection in the Pine Tree State. Thus, Maine assumes the dubious distinction of becoming the safe-harbor state for mutilators.”

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